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Graduate Diploma in Accounting

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Smith School of Business fast-tracks your progress to the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and establishes an outstanding foundation for your career in business.

  • 13-weeks from May to July
  • CPA National Accreditation
  • Gain CPA core content without working full-time
  • Qualify for the CPA Professional Exams (CFE) in only 15 months
  • Intensive case preparation for the CPA Professional Exams (CFE)
  • Multiple career path options
  • Personal attention and close-knit community
  • Dedicated and supportive faculty
  • Exceptional learning environment
90.5% Pass Rate for Smith GDA First-Time Writers of CFE

Canada's Premier Program

Smith’s Graduate Diploma in Accounting is the first and best program to prepare you for the CPA designation and a thriving business career.

Running from May to July, the GDA covers key modules of the CPA Professional Education Program in just a few weeks. This is the fastest route to the CFE exam and frees candidates from having to study during their first months of full-time work. On completion, GDA graduates hold advanced standing with every provincial/ regional CPA body.

The Smith GDA provides cutting-edge business analysis and strategy skills. Graduates are ready to be top contributors to their employers.

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Power of Accounting Specialization

An accounting specialization opens a wide range of career options – from the big accounting firms, to financial services, technology companies, start-ups, not-for-profits, private equity, investment banking and much more.

Smith School of Business has a proven track record in preparing recent business undergraduates for their professional designation. Over the last five years, graduates have achieved a pass rate unprecedented in Canada for first time writers - a five-year average in excess of 90 percent.

The CPA is the most highly prized and recognized accounting designation in Canada.

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“Specializing in accounting and achieving my CPA designation was the best decision I ever made for my career. The job market is incredibly competitive. To excel and advance you need a competitive advantage. With an accounting focus you get more than just a deep understanding of the financial and reporting function of a business. You learn how to analyze businesses and evaluate their health. You learn proper corporate governance, and leadership and become a more well-rounded business professional.”

Rose Thuringer, GDA
Director of Digital Enablement, PwC Canada